In a major move, seven scientific organizations came together today to send a message to the Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Lamar Smith (R-TX). Smith is investigating the NOAA climate scientists behind a study that concluded we’ve seen slightly more surface warming since 1998 than previously thought. That organizations’ message? “Grave concern” about Rep. Smith’s subpoena of internal communications among NOAA scientists and staff.
The letter comes from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the American Statistical Association, the Ecological Society of America, and the Geological Society of America.
The letter highlights the fact that all the data and methodology of the study “have been publicly shared and discussed directly with the committee staff,” and that there is no evidence of misconduct. The study has gone through usual peer-review process, as other research relevant to the topic has in the past and will in the future.
“Scientists should not be subjected to fraud investigations or harassment simply for providing scientific results that some may see as politically controversial,” the letter reads. “Science cannot thrive when policymakers—regardless of party affiliation—use policy disagreements as a pretext to…